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Learning & Skills Policy Update June 2015


This newsletter is intended to keep unions and other stakeholders abreast of policy developments in learning and skills, including providing updates on what the TUC and unionlearn are saying on specific policy issues.

The June 2015 edition includes:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Consultation on adult vocational education
  • Union advantage research report
  • Un...

Survey of ULRs and union reps supporting learning and skills, 2014


At the end of 2014 unionlearn conducted a survey of union reps engaged in supporting learning at work to get an up-to-date picture of their activities in the workplace, including the main opportunities and challenges that they identified in promoting the union learning agenda. The survey was undertaken online and the data collected using Survey...

Union Learning Survey


This report contains the findings of a large scale survey of people who took part in learning as a result of support provided through Round 15 of the Union Learning Fund (ULF).

The main focus of the report is an analysis of quantitative data gathered via the survey. This is supplemented by external benchmarking against the findings of the...

Research paper 21: Skills and training: the union advantage


This report explores the potential effect of trade unions on training provision in the British workplace. It does this through an analysis of the Labour Force Survey, covering the period 2001–2013, and in terms of postrecession practice the 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Survey.

The results show that union members received more training than...

Helping Young People into Work: Raising the quality and quantity of Apprenticeships


Unionlearn, the learning and services arm of the TUC, both directly and through union reps, raise the quality and quantity of Apprenticeships available to young people in various ways. This publication highlights the Union Learning Fund (ULF) project work and impact on apprenticeships.

Tackling Disadvantage: The unionlearn effect in opening up learning and skills


This report sets out to show the impact of unionlearn in widening opportunities to take up learning and skills by tackling disadvantage, identifying and removing barriers and implementing effective strategies. Further detailed statistics and data analysis can be found in unionlearn’s comprehensive annual reports.

We aim to answer these questions:


ESOL: Language for life and work module for reps


Unionlearn and the British Council, with support of unions, have produced an interactive module for union reps on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the workplace. This is a self-study module that aims to help union reps think of how to build ESOL awareness and develop learning opportunities.

The module is appropriate for all...